Backstage at Fashion Week

It was a busy weekend in Freetown as Sierra Leone celebrated not only 52 years of independence but several hundred years of outstanding style. SLFW13 continued with a stunning fashion parade on Friday night. The parade followed the traditional salonian style of event planning and started more than four hours after its scheduled start time of 7pm. It kills me to say it, but I had to leave before the models hit the runway. I’ll chase up some images of the actual fashions soon but in the meantime check out the backstage shenanigans.

Tia_on hair_low_res Tiah Knox (yes I am still obsessed with her) was at the helm, not only directing the show but tirelessly working on hair and makeup.

Pass_low_resThis golden ticket got me to where all the real action was happening.

IMG_1166 There were nerves, excitement, sweat and just a whole lot of extremely good looking people  milling around either half naked or dressed in Mohammed Ali style robes.

Two_models_low_resIn keeping with the tropical surroundings, all the ladies wore palm tree style weaves.

Toplessman_lowres……and the boys removed their shirts.

Hotguyinheadphones_low_res..oh look there’s another one, this time sporting the seasons must-have boy trend – headphones.

Catwalk_low_resThrough those four hours I spent backstage waiting for the show to start, the models didn’t stop rehearsing for a moment. I didn’t witness a single Naomi Campbell style spack attack and no-one was throwing up in the bathrooms. These guys performed like true professionals. Props to the models and of course to the Oprah Winfrey of fashion – Tiah Knox.

And check out this extremely artistic video if you want more from behind the runway.

Comments (2) Write a comment

  1. Surely the most fun fashion show du monde?!

    Can’t believe you left before it began, but perhaps you captured the best parts? I know I especially enjoyed the dancing backstage. What talent, can’t wait to see the fashion!

    Thanks Jo!


Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.